Influenza Vaccination Information for Patients
You can also get your flu shot from a pharmacist (for ages 2 and up), physician or nurse practitioner. Find a flu clinic in your community.
COVID-19 Information for Patients
If you think you might have symptoms of COVID-19, at this time, any physician or nurse practitioner can order a test for a patient with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms based on their clinical judgement. you think you might have symptoms, call your phyisican or nurse practitioner's office.
If you do not have a primary care provider, please call Island Health's Call Centre at 1-844-901-8442 to be assessed to determine if you need testing. Appointments for COVID-19 testing must be pre-booked through a primary care provider or Island Health's Call Centre - testing sites are unable to accommodate unscheduled or walk-in visits.
Worried? Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.
Please visit the Government of BC website for the most up to date information.
The Central Island Division of Family Practice
The Central Island Division of Family Practice, formed in 2019 through a union of the Oceanside and Port Alberni Divisions, is a local non-profit society of community-based primary care physicians and nurse practitioners based in Central Vancouver Island, with our area stretching South from Nanoose Bay all the way up to Bowser and all of the communities in between, from the East Coast of Vancouver Island right to the West Coast. Whilst our communities are diverse, the Division gives local primary care providers an opportunity to work collaboratively with Island Health, the GPSC, and the Ministry of Health to identify health care needs in the local community and develop solutions to meet those needs. Our members work together to increase family practitioner influence on health care delivery in our region, enhance professional satisfaction to general practitioners, and improve patient care in our area.